April 29, 2017

International Scholar Advisor (International Advisor II) – The University of Texas at Austin

Job Description: Purpose and Scope of Responsibilities: To advise international faculty and scholars on immigration related matters. Work closely with academic departments to support employment strategies of international faculty and scholars. Coordinate and file immigration petitions. Ensure university compliance with federal regulations keeping detailed records.

Essential Job Functions:

Advising Responsibilities: Interpret/Advise on complex U.S. immigration regulations, policies/procedures as applied to individual international faculty/scholars supported by the university. Provide guidance to academic department representatives to support the employment strategies of international faculty/scholars. Proactively exercise professional judgment to advise international faculty/scholars while also ensuring university compliance with federal monitoring and reporting requirements.

Administrative Responsibilities: Coordinate and file timely and accurate immigration petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on behalf of international employees, in accordance with university policy. Ensure federal immigration compliance through understanding of, and adherence to, all applicable federal visa and labor regulations, as well as university policy.

Maintain detailed paper and electronic files for scholars in J-1, H-1B, and other visa statuses. Ensure consistency and accuracy with data in administrative databases and SEVIS records including, but not limited to: creation of new immigration files, and timely updates of data in all systems. Serve as Alternate Responsible Office (ARO) responsible for routine SEVIS record maintenance, DS-2019 creation, and timely updates to ensure federal compliance for the university and the individual scholar.

Communicate with federal agencies to ensure timely response and compliance with all requests, requirements, and regulations.
Research, respond, and resolve issues affecting ISSS service delivery in assigned area of responsibility. Develop and present recommendations to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the unit. Work closely and collaboratively with scholar section colleagues to ensure consistent protocol related to employment-based immigration policies and procedures. Actively participate in the development, maintenance, and growth of team expertise in the laws/regulations governing international faculty/scholars, and in advising/informing university administrators about university policies/procedures to ensure ongoing compliance.

Work closely with ISSS leadership to ensure proper understanding and application of immigration regulations and university policies, taking appropriate initiative and exercising discretion within the scope of assigned duties.

Departmental Support and Outreach: Serve as a resource and proactively reach out to academic departments to support international faculty and scholars. Work collaboratively on the development of training workshops and informational sessions on issues pertaining to international faculty and scholars. Plan, develop, and conduct programming to educate international faculty and scholars and the university community on the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures governing these individuals.

Support of ISSS Functions: Actively support the critical priorities of the ISSS and the International Office. Serve on internal committees, and participate in work groups to support the mission of the unit.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant international experience. Effective problem solving skills and demonstrated ability to take initiative. Evidence of strong organizational abilities and the ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, high-volume, environment. Excellent written communication and attention to detail skills. Ability to be diplomatic, composed, and proactive in varied interactions. Exemplary cross-cultural communication skills with documented experience in public speaking and delivering presentations. Outstanding professional demeanor. Ability to work independently and as a team member. Commitment to high quality and efficient customer service to faculty, staff, and external partners. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience advising international faculty and scholars on immigration regulations in a university context. Knowledge of J-1 immigration regulations, SEVIS, and experience filing academic H-1B petitions.

NOTE: Due to federal database access requirements, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply for this position.

Job Posting Date: 05/05/2015

Salary: $3,416 per month

Location: Austin, Texas

Job Posting Link: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/150501013065

Company Website: http://world.utexas.edu/isss

Company Profile: University Profile: The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public research institutions in the nation. UT is home to over 52,000 graduate and undergraduate students, 16 colleges and schools, and 21,000 faculty and staff. The university has one of the most diverse student populations in the country and is a national leader in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to minority students. From teaching and research to public service, the university’s activities support its mission and core purpose “to transform lives for the benefit of society through the core values of learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity and responsibility.”

ISSS Profile: The International Student & Scholar Services Office consists of 24 professional staff members. Annually, the office supports over 5,100 international students and 1,700 international faculty/scholars.

Contact Name: Amy Miller

Contact Email: isss-admin@austin.utexas.edu

Contact Phone: (512) 471-7885